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One Year into the Pandemic: New Evidence on How Small Businesses are Faring
The Urban Institute hosted this discussion about how small businesses are faring one year after the start of widespread economic shutdowns due to the pandemic. The webinar explored the disconnect between the fall in business activity and revenues,...
National SSBCI 2.0 Call - March 26, 2021
SSBCI was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. CDFA hosted this National SSBCI 2.0 Call serving as an interface between Treasury and stakeholders during the rulemaking process. On March 26, 2021, we discussed insights and...
2021CDFARuralDevelopmentFinanceWebinarSeries:Financing DisasterResiliencyinRuralCommunities
During the first installment of the CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series, hear about a new technical assistance program from CDFA designed to support rural communities that have recently experienced a natural disaster. Experts discussed the...
Vermont Agriculture and Food Systems Strategic Plan 2021-2030Members only Login
The Plan estimates that additional public and philanthropic investment is needed over the next ten years: approximately $9.7 million in one-time funding and $23.3 million in recurring funding. This level of funding will ensure sufficient land access...
Food Forward NYC: A 10-Year Food Policy PlanMembers only Login
Food Forward NYC is the City’s first ever 10-year food policy plan, laying out an ambitious interagency policy framework to reach a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy food system by 2031. The success of this plan depends on the partnership of...
National SSBCI 2.0 Call - March 11, 2021
SSBCI was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. CDFA hosted this National SSBCI 2.0 Call with interested stakeholders on March 11, 2021, to discuss SSBCI 2.0. We discussed key SSBCI 2.0 questions and timelines. We also...
Revolving Loan Fund De-federalization – Implementation of the RLF ActMembers only Login
This presentation from the EDA discusses Revolving Loan Fund de-federalization and implementation of the RLF Act passed in late 2020.
Opportunity Zone Investment Guide - City of Winooski, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zone Investment Guide for the City of Winooski, Vermont.
Opportunity Zones Prospectus - Brattleboro, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zones prospectus for Brattleboro, Vermont. It was authored in partnership with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation.
Opportunity Zone Prospectus - Lyndon, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zone Prospectus for the city of Lyndon, Vermont.
Opportunity Zone Prospectus - Newport, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zone Prospectus for Newport, Vermont.
Community Serving Infrastructure: A Playbook for a New Infrastructure PartnershipMembers only Login
The New Partnership on Infrastructure seeks to advance national policies driven by local innovation, with cities serving as testbeds for experimentation and transferable solutions. This document champions that idea. It is a summation of local...
Legislative Briefing - February 2021
This CDFA Legislative Briefing took place on February 17, 2021. Topics discussed included re-introducing the Modernizing Agricultural and Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA) and the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) along with the latest...
State Small Business Credit Initiative - Interactive Tool
This interactive data tool from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shows total SSBCI investments, percent of investments in LMI and rural areas, investments by MSA, investments by loan programs, CDFIs, and more.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Restoring the Hospitality IndustryMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we explored the landscape of the hospitality industry (large and small) and what is being done to ensure the industry may stay afloat.
Relief for HUD Section 108 Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19
The following questions and answers document describes actions that can be taken by HUD and communities to assist Section 108 business borrowers experiencing economic distress as a result of coronavirus.
CDFA-EDA Revolving Loan Fund Best Practices Handbook
Throughout the CDFA EDA RLF Best Practices Program, several common characteristics emerged from high performing RLFs. The best practices outlined in this guide synthesize these exceptional traits and address the strategies employed by successful EDA...
SSBCI: Implementation and Funding IssuesMembers only Login
This CRS report examines the SSBCI program and its implementation, including Treasury’s response to initial program audits conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and Treasury’s Office of Inspector General. These initial audits...
Tactical Guide: Inclusive Small Business Support Strategies
This tactical guide is designed to help city economic development leaders support minority- and women-owned (MWBE) and low-to-moderate income (LMI) small businesses in their communities by providing case-tested programs and strategies that can be...
New JobsOhio Grant Program Supports QED’s New R&D Center
Quality Electrodynamics (QED) turned to JobsOhio for support in creating a research and development (R&D) center for collaboration and innovation. This case study examines how the JobsOhio Research & Development Grant Program was able to assist QED.
Leveraging Development Finance Tools to Attract Opportunity Zone Investment
This guide, authored by CDFA and Skeo, provides an overview of various development finance tools and suggestions for how communities could use these tools to finance projects in Opportunity Zones. Each section includes additional resources to learn...
Private Capital Public Good - Leveraging Impact Investing to Support a Just & Equitable Recovery
This policy paper from the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance outlines 12 specific policy recommendations and ideas with the potential to catalyze more impact investments to help address urgent social, economic, and environmental challenges.
Update on the Federal Reserve's Lending Facilities - November 23, 2020Members only Login
This report provides an update as of November 23, 2020 on all of the Federal Reserve's outstanding lending facilities. These include the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF), the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF), the Municipal Liquidity...
SBA Microloan Program: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Program Performance Measurement, Collaboration, and ReportingMembers only Login
This report from the Government Accountability Office examines (1) characteristics of borrowers and intermediaries in the Microloan Program, (2) program oversight of intermediaries and borrowers, (3) program performance measures, and (4)...
Small Business Administration Microloan Program - Congressional Research Service
This report from the Congressional Research Service describes the SBA Microloan Program’s eligibility standards and operating requirements. It also examines arguments presented by the program’s critics and advocates and presents statistics and...
King County Local Food Facility Business ConceptMembers only Login
The Local Food Facility hopes to become a pivotal hub in the King County local food network, helping to grow businesses and connect local food partners. ECONorthwest's analysis led to conclude that this food facility concept could be financially...
Local Food Systems Response to COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health and social distancing mandates caused unprecedented shifts and disruptions for Local and Regional Food Systems (LRFS). USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) along with the cooperating research...
A Vision for Native Food and Agriculture Infrastructure Rebuilding and Recovery Members only Login
An investment in food infrastructure will ensure that Native producers have access to reliable markets and the wraparound support services that are so critical to robust food systems. By approaching infrastructure from a new model and linking...
Catalytic Capital and Agriculture: Opportunities to Invest in Healthy Soils, Resilient Farms and a Stable ClimateMembers only Login
The purpose of the report is to highlight opportunities for catalytic capital to advance agricultural conservation, resilience and sustainability. In this report we define catalytic capital as capital intentionally deployed to identify, financially...
COVID-19’s Concentrated Health and Wealth Effects in Black CommunitiesMembers only Login
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed acute and deep-rooted connections between physical and economic health. Many of the same places hit hardest by the pandemic are reeling concurrently from the health crisis, business closures, and job losses. These...
Assessment of County Needs in Economic Recovery from COVID-19
County leaders have witnessed firsthand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their neighbors and constituents and are well-informed on needs arising in their local communities. While county governments are uniquely positioned to support recovery...
Big Ideas for Small Business
This report provides a five-step roadmap towards a more inclusive, dynamic, and productive small-business sector. The report breaks down the five steps into ten major policy recommendations with detailed policy proposals. It was authored by the...
Local and Urban Food Systems: Selected Farm Bill and Other Federal ProgramsMembers only Login
More than 30 USDA grant and loan programs provide support and assistance for local and urban food producers and producer groups. These grant and loan programs may be grouped into several broad program categories, including marketing and promotion;...
Regenerative Agriculture and COVID-19 Capital Needs Members only Login
Traditional sources of capital ranging from philanthropy to private equity to banking institutions have demonstrated a strong interest in investing in a more diversified, resilient food system. To better understand and capture the capital needs of...
Advancing Education and Child Development in Opportunity Zones
Recovering from the pandemic and addressing the intergenerational inequities that have stunted personal and national prosperity will require an all-hands-on-deck effort. This guide is intended for government officials, community members, education...
U.S. Agriculture's Opportunities to Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals
Though challenges exist, there are unprecedented opportunities for U.S. agriculture to collaborate and build on its existing strengths to deliver business value for the sector as a whole while contributing to the sustainable development goals and...
New Markets Tax Credits: A Flexible Capital Source and a Change Agent
The New Markets Tax Credit program, created to spark investment in disadvantaged communities, has become a valuable source of flexible capital for healthcare providers and health systems to tackle the immediate needs of both their organizations and...
USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to supporting robust regional food economies across the food chain. This graphic is designed to be a guide for which programs are best suited for different parts of the supply chain.
Financing Resilient AgricultureMembers only Login
There are several existing agricultural lender initiatives that can inform the development of lending programs or products for resilient agriculture. This report derives five key lessons from these initiatives, including the need to understand the...
Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQs Related to Reporting & Recordkeeping - Treasury Office of Inspector GeneralMembers only Login
The Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the receipt, disbursement, and use of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) payments. Treasury OIG was also assigned authority to recover funds...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Investing in Childcare Facilities Members only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will showcase various childcare facilities financing programs from across the country and highlight projects that have successfully utilized these tools.
Guidance on Adjusting Discretionary Incentive Programs to Support Small Business Recovery
How can economic development organizations modify their incentive programs to help struggling small businesses? To assist in sorting through the options, Smart Incentives has published Guidance on Adjusting Discretionary Incentive Programs to...
The Impact of Opportunity Zones: An Initial AssessmentMembers only Login
This report from the White House' Council of Economic Advisers compares the advantages of OZs with those of other Federal antipoverty programs and documents the characteristics of the nearly 8,800 low-income communities designated as OZs. It also...
The Impact of Projects Facilitated by the Texas Sales Tax for Economic DevelopmentMembers only Login
The Perryman Group, in collaboration with TEDC, was recently asked to (1) provide a perspective on the importance of proactive economic development and (2) estimate the economic benefits of projects facilitated by the sales tax for economic...
Recreation Economy at USDA: Economic Development Resources for Rural CommunitiesMembers only Login
USDA’s Forest Service (FS), Rural Development (RD), and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have developed this resource guide for rural communities to identify resources that develop the recreation economy.
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